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Blood screening is Nov. 19 in Frazee

Area residents monitoring their cholesterol and other health indicators are invited to register for the upcoming blood screening next Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7-8:30 a.m.

The screening will be held at the Frazee Elementary School Activity Room (please enter through Door No. 19), and cost is $35 per person.

St. Mary's Innovis lab, Frazee-Vergas Schools Staff Wellness, and Frazee-Vergas Community Education are the sponsors of the event, which has been expanded to a twice-yearly offering, in November and May.

Previously, the screening was held each February. The switch to a twice-yearly schedule was suggested by participants who would like a six-month comparison. However, participants can come either once or twice per year.

Other advantages of the November-May screenings are to hopefully avoid winter storm issues, and to give the area's "snowbirds," who relocate to warmer winter climes, more choices for participation.

This is a fasting lab, so participants should not eat during the eight hours prior to the screening.

The process should take about 10-15 minutes, during which blood samples will be drawn by lab personnel.

Later, the samples will be analyzed for red blood cell count, white blood count, cholesterol, triglycerides, high- and low-density lipoproteins, glucose, potassium, and creatinine. This battery of tests would normally cost in excess of $75 were they to be done in the normal clinic setting.

Results will be mailed within two to three days. (Participants should bring a self-addressed, legal-size stamped envelope with their birthday written on the inside flap.)

Frazee Lions will also be on hand to conduct free vision screenings for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Call Frazee-Vergas Community Education at 334-2525 by Tuesday, Nov. 17 to register.